WordPress Editing – Keeping it Simple

When we design and develop a website, we think about who and how it will be edited in addition to how the end user will interact with it. Making your website editing process simple, straightforward, quick, and keeping you free of unnecessary hairloss is part of our job as website designers. Here are a few ways we do that:

Custom post types and fields 

WordPress natively includes posts and pages and plugins will often extend this (e.g. Events, Products, etc). But sometimes you have content that would be easier to manage through an additional dashboard item. This is when custom post types and fields come into play. Most often, we configure these for:

  • People – display a headshot, job title, email address, and maybe a bio for staff members, board members or speakers.
  • Projects – display an image or image gallery, description and category for your projects or work examples.
  • Resources – display a file (PDF) link, title, publish date, short description and organize by category.
  • Companies – display logos, website links and descriptions for partner organizations, suppliers, distributors, retailers, or sponsors.

When we configure custom post types, we will typically include the following:

  • Layout and design for the single view – This is the detail view of the item and all the relevant fields
  • Layout, design and sort ordering for the archive view – This is a page that will display all of the custom post type items and any relevant high-level fields.
  • Layout and design of a shortcode or feature view – This enables you to display a short listing (or full) of the items on any page through a shortcode.

Elementor Page Designer 

The Elementor Page Designer plugin is ideal for WordPress owners who want more front-end design control over their posts and pages. This drag and drop visual editor comes without the performance and code implications that many others suffer from. Learn more about Elementor.

Gutenberg

The defacto WordPress editor as of WordPress 5.0, Valice is very familiar with the Gutenberg editor. This editor uses the concept of adding content “blocks” to a page or post rather than the legacy WordPress visual editor. It makes embedding images, shortcodes, product listings and other content quicker and easier.